New Orleans events calendar for March 28-April 3, 2013

Photo provided by Fair Ground Racing -- Flow Tribe performs Saturday at the Louisiana Derby Infield Festival. Show caption
Photo provided by Fair Ground Racing -- Flow Tribe performs Saturday at the Louisiana Derby Infield Festival.

THURSDAY

‘A Deeper Shade of Blue’: 7:30 p.m., AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. A screening of Jack McCoy’s film, plus a panel discussion featuring the director and surfing legends the Marshall Brothers, Derek Hynd and others. Also included: a video premiere from Paul McCartney and Jack McCoy. http://www.amctheatres.com.

  • VISITING IRISH FILMMAKERS — MOIRA TIERNY AND MARY SUE CONNOLLY: 7:30 p.m., Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans http://www.
    zeitgeistinc.net.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • SPRING IN THE SWAMP: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero (near Crown Point). Celebrate the season in Louisiana’s wetlands with guided walks, a touch table with furs and skulls, and — especially for kids — the Junior Ranger Zone. Free. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10 or www.nps.gov/jel.

SATURDAY

  • COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. Music by Olga Wilhelmine at 9:30 a.m., fresh produce, seafood, meat and dairy products, herbs, baked goods, tamales, plants, crafts and more. http://www.covingtonfarmers
    market.org.
  • EASTER CELEBRATION: 9:30 a.m., The Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. The day will begin at 9:30 with Easter eggs followed by holiday crafts for the kids. This will all be accompanied by “Peter Cottontail and The Easter Bunny” on the big screen. $5.75.
  • CRESCENT CITY CLASSIC: 11 a.m., begins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and ends at City Park Festival Grounds, One Palm Dr., New Orleans. 10K race. $5 cover charge for nonracers to attend the after-race festival. Free food, beer, water and fruit will be served. http://www.ccc10k.com/crescent-city-classic-10k.html.
  • DERBY INFIELD FESTIVAL: noon, Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Featuring a concert by Cowboy Mouth and the largest food truck gathering ever in New Orleans. The Louisiana Derby is a $1 million event for 3-year-old horses attempting to earn their way into the world’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, held five weeks later at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. First post (the first race of the day) on Louisiana Derby Day is set for 1 p.m. with 13 races total scheduled for the day. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged; outside food and drink is prohibited. General admission, $25; VIP, $60. http://www.fairgroundsrace
    course.com.
  • AN EASTER JAZZ BRUNCH AND CRUISE DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ON THE STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ WITH A SPECIAL APPEARANCE FROM THE EASTER BUNNY: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., boarding begins 30 minutes prior to cruise time, Steamboat Natchez (Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River). The event features a brunch buffet, complimentary mimosas and entertainment by Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stompers Jazz band. $67.50, adults; $29, children ages 6-12; $10, children younger than 6. (504) 569-1401 or http://www.steamboat
    natchez.com/special_event_cruises.html. Reservations required.
  • “EASTER KEG HUNT” — A GULF RESTORATION NETWORK BENEFIT: 2 p.m.-8 p.m., Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans. $12, advance; $15, door. http://healthygulf.org.

SUNDAY

  • THE MANSION PARTY: 10:30 p.m., The Metropolitan, 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., New Orleans. $10-$20. http://www.themetro
    politannightclub.com.

WEDNESDAY

  • MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: 6 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., show, Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. A two-hour film night playing a collaboration of films from Mountainfilm. http://www.mountainfilm.org/tour.
  • THE METROPOLITAN OPERA - ‘FRANCESCA DA RIMINI’ ENCORE: 6:30 p.m., AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani star as doomed lovers in Zandonai’s compelling opera. Marco Armiliato conducts. http://www.amc
    theatres.com.